Chad Morrisette had a rough time with bullies in junior high.
“I was bullied for being who I am,” he wrote on his Facebook page. ‘I was bullied for being gay. I was bullied for being little. I was bullied for every reason someone is bullied. It was awful. I couldn’t even walk to classes without an adult escort or friends with me.”
As Queerty reports, Morrisette, now a successful brand consultant and visual designer, was shocked this week to open his Facebook messages and see a note from one of his junior high bullies. The contents of the message were even more surprising: the bully was reaching out to apologize for tormenting Morrisette 20 years earlier.
The former bully explained that his daughter had asked if her dad had ever bullied anyone, and he was forced to admit that he had been cruel as a child.
“I want to apologize. If we lived in the same state, I would apologize to your face. I don’t even know if you remember but I do and I am sorry.”
The apology brought Morrisette to tears, and a few days later, he sent his former bully a most gracious acceptance of his apology.
“In 20 years you are the only person to apologize for being a bully to me when we were younger,” Morrisette wrote. “I hope you can proudly tell your daughter that you have also apologized for it and we are good. It’s amazing what 20 years and children can to do to us, no? Thank you again and I hope you stand up to bullying anytime you see it.”
“Thank you,” his former bully wrote back. “Your forgiveness means more than you know and I hope that I am [not] the last to ask forgiveness from you.”
We love this heartwarming story and we love being reminded that it is never too late to apologize and it is never too late to forgive